America’s Death Wish

Parkland, Florida, came and went, bringing a new St. Valentine’s Day massacre, another unspeakable horror, and another opportunity for hashtags and political maneuvering over guns in America.  It very quickly became obvious that liberal activists had prepared and somewhat organized a campaign against the National Rifle Association ahead of time, waiting for the next mass shooting to occur and striking while the lead was still hot.

Still, we need not doubt for a moment that Jimmy Kimmel’s tears were real.  In that moment when you think about the murder of children and brave faculty members acting as human shields, you’d have to have a darkened, cynical imagination not to care, not to be moved.  And in that moment of assessment—assuming you don’t know any of the victims or their families personally—you run the emotions through the grid of your morality, your sense of history and how this event compares with what you know of it, and your faith.  If you’re an outspoken atheist or a functioning one, you are outraged by “thoughts and prayers,” a sure sign of craven inaction on the part of selfish Deplorables clinging to their guns and religion.  If you’re an imprecise theist, you “send out” your “thoughts and prayers” not to the God of Heaven, but to people—victims, who cannot read your thoughts from afar nor answer your prayers. ...

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